Monday, 27 November 2017

Winter Run Gear with Altitude Sports

This month I had the chance to partner again with Altitude Sports to review some new active wear.  I received the Craft Storm Tights 2.0.   You can view the full collection here.

My first test for the pants was an hour long run in -9 (celcius).  I have never owned any wind blocking run pants so I was interested to see how they would hold up.  Fore reference, I was sent a size Medium.  While there was some bunching in the crotch area, I think a small would have been too tight on my calves so I was happy with the fit.  Another pro: in the really cold winter temps layering a good pair of thermal tights underneath would be possible.  There is a draw string at the waist, but surprisingly I didn't feel I needed to adjust at all during my run compared to some of my other run tights.  It is a slightly different aesthetic to get used to but I really think it is worth it.

There are a number of really great features on the pants: 
  • Reflective detailing to show up in dark or dusk running hours.
  • A split at the knee for improved movability.
  • Ankle zips, which while I think this is for x-country skiing, was handy when pulling the tights on and off.
  • A small inner pocket for keys
  • Wind blocking panel down the front of the leg and back calf up to about knee height.
  • Good length so you don't have your ankles exposed on cold days (this is a real problem!)

My second test run was -12 and very windy and my legs did not get chilled at all. I now won't leave for a long run in the cold without them. One of my running partners commented that brands she has tried have been way to tight in the leg. I think the stretch in the back panel on the craft tight allows for that extra bit of give and comfort.

Also in my winter running gear test, these Lole run mitts. At first glance I was sceptical that they would be warm enough but I was pleasantly surprised.  I typically layer mittens over liners and these were a much thinner option (and style points too). 


You can read more about the history of Altitude Sports here. I really appreciate the opportunity to collaborate with this great Canadian company!


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